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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Three New Zealand cows looked like they could use a little help Monday after an earthquake triggered landslides all around them and left them stranded on a small island of grass.
Video taken by Newshub news service from a helicopter near the small town of Kaikoura shows two adult cattle and a calf stuck on a chunk of land in a paddock that had been ripped apart in Monday's magnitude-7.8 quake. The patch of grass was surrounded by deep ravines of collapsed earth, trapping the animals where they stood.
It was not immediately clear who owned the cattle or what was being done to help them.
Kaikoura is close to the epicenter of the overnight earthquake, and where one of the two confirmed deaths occurred. The quake was strongly felt to the south in Christchurch but was far less damaging than a smaller 2011 earthquake that devastated the city and killed 185 people.
New Zealand's 10 million cattle easily outnumber its 4.7 million people.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Feathers are flying in the neighborhood around Wayne Newton's estate, where residents are complaining that peafowl like the ones on the Las Vegas showman's 40-acre ranch have become roosting, roaming pests.
Residents who live near Casa de Shenandoah claim peafowl from the ranch wander the neighborhood - squawking, scratching family cars and creating a traffic hazard.
"We heard something on our roof that scared us to death," April Juelke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We thought a burglar was breaking in, but it was a bunch of peacocks."
The Juelkes and others say the birds roost at the ranch. The couple say their Labrador retriever, Reginald Winthorp, has twice had intestinal illnesses that they blame on bird droppings.
Newton's lawyer, Jay Brown, said the birds aren't Newton's.
"We've never bought a peacock. We've never brought in a peacock," Brown said.
Sure, peacocks and hens were among the exotic menagerie the iconic "Mr. Las Vegas" headliner kept when he lived at the ranch southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Among them were Arabian horses, penguins, a Capuchin monkey named Boo, and wallabies.
Brown said peafowl were already at the ranch when Newton bought the property in the '60s.
Casa de Shenandoah is officially home to about 25 peafowl that are tagged and live in an enclosure, Brown said.
Newton no longer lives at the estate, which today is a tourist museum focused on Newton's life and career.
Brown said the Newtons are willing to help remove the wild birds, but it wasn't their responsibility.
"These are feral peacocks," he said. "It's a neighborhood problem, not a Newton problem, in fairness."
Neighbor Bart Donovan, a member of a local advisory board, sees it differently.
"These things were born on the Newton property, they live there, they roost there at night," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, they're their birds."
Donovan said he fears the birds wandering in roadways could cause serious accidents.
The exact number of wild peafowl roaming the area around the ranch is unknown. Clark County code enforcement officials guess there are between 20 and 30, the Review-Journal reported.
Compounding the problem is that peafowl have an average life span of 20 years, according to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and peahens can lay three to eight eggs at a time.
"My view is, if we don't stay on top of this, it will become more of a problem because the animals do breed," said Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, who represents the district. "I know when I was out there, I saw several young peafowl."
County commissioners spent more than 30 minutes at a recent meeting discussing how to best handle the problem.
Animal control has a cage large enough to capture peafowl, but commissioners decided its staff is too small to constantly monitor the trap.
And once the peafowl are caught, there remains the question of what to do with them.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Doug Nielsen said his agency can't help. He compared the situation to someone raising a pet duckling and releasing it at a local park after it matures.
"At this point, the community is going to have to figure it out and decide what they want to do," Nielsen said.\

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BROOMALL, Pa. (AP) -- A teacher says she went to her doctor for a physical but instead got booted from the office by her Donald Trump-supporting physician after she disagreed with him.
Heidi Kravitz Dunn tells The Philadelphia Inquirer it happened Friday in Broomall.
She says Dr. Joseph LaBricciosa ranted about the inner city kids she teaches and criticized protests over Trump's election.
Dunn says she told him they had a right to protest. She says he replied if she didn't believe what he believed, his practice wasn't for her and she needed to go. So she left.
LaBricciosa says he didn't kick her out. He adds he sent her a letter of apology and won't talk politics with patients anymore.
Dunn says she has a new doctor.

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Former British police officer Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming every mile of the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America. After more than three years of preparation, he set off on Sunday.
The 38-year-old walked down a beach in Dakar and into the Atlantic Ocean, launching a swim for 1,635 nautical miles, or nearly 2,000 land miles (3,200 kilometers), from Senegal to Brazil.
"This is for my daughter," said Hooper, who filled a water bottle with sand to keep for the 8-year-old who he said inspired the swim. "It's been a long time coming."
Flanked by two boats and a crew of less than a dozen, Hooper aims to be the first person to swim every mile of the Atlantic Ocean from continent to continent, stepping on land again in March.
He says he trained three years as he gathered a crew for the Big Blue, the main boat on which he will eat and sleep when he is not swimming for about eight hours each day through waters infested with sharks and jellyfish.
Water has loomed large in his life.
"I nearly drowned when I was 5 in a swimming pool in Belgium," Hooper told The Associated Press. "Ever since ... I've had this affinity with water. It was the calmest I've ever felt."
Hooper said he had a bout of depression about 3 1/2 years ago and decided to turn his life around for his daughter. So he looked to water.
"Nobody had swum a full ocean. More people have landed on the moon than have tried this, so at that point I thought maybe this is my calling," said Hooper. "If I can inspire myself, other people and raise money for charity, why not do it?"
Inspired by British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Hooper said he hopes to motivate others, especially children, to swim.
Funding for the expedition has taken time, and the launch was set back several times as various crew members dropped out and the boats faced mechanical issues.
"This will be a major achievement overall," said Nigel Taylor-Schofield, the captain of Big Blue. "If anybody can accomplish this, it would be Ben. He is very determined."
The crew, including a paramedic, will track the miles, and Hooper has said if he gets to Brazil with the help of currents, he will swim until he fulfills the full Atlantic mileage.
The challenges, be it marine life, dehydration, and more, will be vast, but Hooper says his biggest fear is letting the team and his daughter down. He'll listen to a playlist on customized earphones that he said will include eurotrash music, Eminem and The Script's "Hall of Fame." Hooper will also wear various gear that helps camouflage him from sharks, and a tracking device so supporters can follow his nearly five-month swim online.
Around 10:30 a.m. on the beach outside the Monaco Plage hotel in Dakar, Hooper and the crew were ready.
"See you in Brazil," he said, before eventually swimming off into the sunlit waters toward his goal.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A katana sword is missing from an Alaska card shop after a burglar in a ninja outfit broke in.
KTVA-TV reports security cameras filmed the costumed suspect entering the Anchorage business sometime after it closed Friday and leaving with what looked to be the Japanese-style, curved sword.
Spenard Bosco's employee Erich Helmick said inventory is being checked but that so far it seems the sword is the only item missing.
Helmick said the Anchorage Police Department responded to the incident and a report has been filed.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator helped his constituents get around this weekend by moonlighting as a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber.
In a series of tweets, Ben Sasse of Nebraska explained his decision to get behind the wheel by saying he works "alongside and for" the people of the Cornhusker state.
He said the money he earned is going to charity. As a senator, he's not allowed to make any money outside his congressional service.
Sasse worked late Saturday night and found that at least a few of his fares had been partying a little too much. He said they were "three sheets to the wind," according to one tweet.
"If you throw up in an Uber, the surcharge can be substantial," he quipped. But the risk has rewards. He says it's a "market incentive to get drivers to agree to" Saturday night shifts.
Sasse emerged as one of Donald Trump's harshest critics before the election. After Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton last week, Sasse congratulated Trump and said he and his family will pray that the billionaire businessman will lead "wisely and faithfully keep his oath to a Constitution of limited government."
But the senator, a former college president who was elected in 2014 with support from the tea party, also said he will do everything he can to hold Trump to promises he made during the campaign.
He called on Trump last month to abandon his presidential bid after the release of old video footage that featured Trump making vulgar sexual comments.
Sasse, who does not face re-election until 2020, acknowledged earlier this year that his anti-Trump stance would be unpopular in his strongly Republican state.

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TOKYO (AP) - Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani added to his reputation as a powerful hitter on Sunday when he hit a fly ball that didn't come down.
Otani's towering fly ball in the seventh inning of an exhibition game against the Netherlands got lodged somewhere in the roof of Tokyo Dome.
As Otani rounded the bases, teammates, opposition players and umpires looked up in search of the ball that disappeared into the panels lining the ceiling of the domed stadium.
What certainly would have been a home run in an open-air stadium was ruled a ground-rule double.
While Otani is widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in the world, he is proving his batting abilities are just as impressive. The 6-foot-4 righthander hit 22 home runs this season for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Japan won Sunday's game 12-10 to improve to 3-1 in the four-game series that included two games against Mexico and is a tune-up for next year's World Baseball Classic.
Otani hit a leadoff homer in the fifth inning of Saturday's 9-8 win over the Netherlands.

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PHOENIX (AP) - A suburban Phoenix man is getting ready for the biggest shopping day of the year two weeks early.
KPHO-TV reports that Jarvis Johnson has set up camp in front of a Best Buy electronics store in Avondale in preparation for Black Friday.
Johnson, who calls himself "Mr. Black Friday," has camped outside the store near 99th Avenue and McDowell Road every November since 2006.
He has traditionally started waiting about a week before.
But this time, Johnson planted himself there Thursday night.
Having caught the attention of Best Buy last year, he is featured in a company ad this month.
In addition, he actually has sponsors who are providing him with canopies for his tent, couches, food and a microwave.

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PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- A Princeton University polling expert who said he would eat a bug if Donald Trump got more than 240 electoral votes has followed through on his promise.
Sam Wang, of the Princeton Election Consortium, made good on his Twitter word on CNN Saturday.
He ate from a can of gourmet-style crickets and added in some honey.
He said John the Baptist ate locusts and honey in the wilderness, and he considers himself to be in the wilderness as well.
Wang says on the consortium's website that polls failed, but that his analysis "amplified" that failure. He apologized for "underestimating the possibility" of Trump winning.
Wang is a data scientist and neuroscientist at Princeton.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Arctic fox named Jax has been taken from north Omaha home by animal control officials.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that a 24-year-old woman had been keeping the fox as a pet. A city ordinance forbids possessing non-domestic animals within city limits. A fox is classified as a wild animal.
The newspaper says the woman bought the fox in June for $650 from a seller in Indiana. Mark Langan with the Nebraska Human Society says the woman was not cited because she was cooperative and "didn't realize that she wasn't allowed to have a fox."
The humane society is working to place the fox in an out-of-state sanctuary.

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